A sweet idea

A buzz in the air?

This morning I chaired the usual Monday morning management board meeting but there was one slightly out-of-the-ordinary, though enjoyable, point on the agenda. To bee or not to bee, that was the question: we heard a presentation about how we might, via a specialised organisation, Apis Bruoc Sella, be able to put several bee hives on the roof of our flagship Jacques Delors building. I hasten to add that, since we share the building with our Committee of the Regions friends and colleagues, this would have to be a joint initiative, and this is indeed our intention. We must also look into health and insurance issues, but it seems entirely feasible. During what was a very convincing presentation we learned that city bees seem to be doing better than country bees – probably because they are less exposed to pesticides. The Jacques Delors building is well placed because of the proximity of the Parc Léopold alongside us. It will be great if we can contribute to the fight against the bee’s decline whilst producing our own honey.


  1. What a great idea. What will you do with the honey?

  2. The bee decline is being linked with cell phone usage so maybe city bees need a little help.

  3. Martin

    18/05/2011 at 19:14

    We have yet to decide, but will probably sell it for charity (that’s a personal guess).

  4. Martin

    18/05/2011 at 19:15

    Good point. But the hives on Brussels’s buildings so far seem to be doing OK….

  5. Martin

    19/05/2011 at 19:13

    However, a member of my private staff, Zoltan, keeps bees and he tells me that they definitely become agitated when a mobile phone comes near them….

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